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badshoehabit
02-15-2017, 09:38 AM
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/feb/15/apple-removing-iphone-home-button-fingerprint-scanning-screen

IWT
02-15-2017, 12:34 PM
Very interesting, Sue.

I can't lay my hands on it, but I recently read two articles which made me think about fingerprints as an ID.

The first talked about how it is now possible, using Ultra HiRes photography, to photograph someone's hand or finger from 10 feet away and create a usable image which could be converted into a "stamp" to reproduce a person's fingerprint. You can change your passport, you can't change your fingerprint. ID theft on a scary level.

The second article, strictly speaking, only applies to the USA. Apparently, a recent court ruling has determined that, whilst a "suspect" cannot be forced to reveal a passcode - under the protection of the 5th Amendment; they can be forced to use their fingerprint to open a locked phone - even be forcibly made to do this.

The difference between a passcode and a fingerprint, it said, was that a passcode means revealing info held in your brain (protection 5th Amendment) but a fingerprint is a physical part of you and not covered by the 5th.

Hope that didn't bore you too much:Mischievous:

Ian

badshoehabit
02-15-2017, 02:04 PM
Fascinating.

And I thought the bank which asked for fingerprint sign-in on my iPhone was ultra secure!

chscag
02-15-2017, 03:44 PM
The difference between a passcode and a fingerprint, it said, was that a passcode means revealing info held in your brain (protection 5th Amendment) but a fingerprint is a physical part of you and not covered by the 5th.

I wonder how long it's going to take the ACLU to challenge that in court? (ACLU = American Civil Liberties Union) :P